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31st January, 2015 - 9:56 am
westminster uk government

Author: Mark Jackson | 11 Comments

The former Metropolitan Police Chief, Lord Blair, with support from Lord Carlisle, Lord King and Lord West, has once again attempted to sneak a controversial new Internet Snooping law into the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) after initially withdrawing it last Monday.

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31st January, 2015 - 8:52 am
security of broadband isp routers

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

A Bulgarian security researcher called Todor Donev has demonstrated a new proof of concept attack against one of D-Link’s ADSL based wireless broadband routers (D-Link DSL-2740R), which allows a hacker to change the routers default Domain Name Server (DNS) details and thus hijack its web traffic. Other routers could also be vulnerable.

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30th January, 2015 - 3:52 pm
openreach_female_engineer_working

Author: Mark Jackson | 20 Comments

BTOpenreach’s long running VDSL2 Vectoring (ITU-T G.993.5) trial, which aims to improve the performance of BT’s existing “up to” 80Mbps capable hybrid Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) superfast broadband lines by significantly reducing crosstalk interference, has been extended to 100 DSLAMs in selected areas that will benefit from the upgrade.

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30th January, 2015 - 2:47 pm
best broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The annual uSwitch.com Broadband Awards 2015, which took place last night at The Gherkin in London, have unveiled a variety of winners across multiple categories for broadband, TV, phone and mobile services. Top among the winners was Virgin Media, which took three awards for Best Customer Rated Broadband, Fastest Broadband and Best Broadband Provider.

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30th January, 2015 - 9:11 am
BT Centre in Newgate Street, London

Author: Mark Jackson | 28 Comments

BT has today published its latest results for Q4-2014 (calendar), which revealed that their retail division had added +119,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter to total 7,592,000 (up from the +88k added in Q3 and the +104k in Q2). Meanwhile almost 22 million UK premises can now access the operators “Fibre Broadband” (FTTC/P) network.

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30th January, 2015 - 7:49 am
bt engineer cutting fibre optic cable

Author: Mark Jackson | 81 Comments

The national telecoms operator, BT, has today delivered an earlier than expected surprise by announcing their intention to deploy the next generation hybrid-fibre G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology across the United Kingdom from 2016/17, with “most homes” told to expect speeds of ‘up to’ 500Mbps (Megabits per second) and there’s also a “premium” option for up to 1000Mbps (the premium may come via FTTP).

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29th January, 2015 - 2:30 pm
united kingdom money map

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

The government has today announced that they intend to invest a further £1 billion into 39 Local Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England, which among other things will help to roll-out superfast broadband connectivity to even more homes and businesses.

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29th January, 2015 - 12:41 pm
sky broadband uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Sky (Sky Broadband) has today announced a new multi-year wholesale partnership with mobile operator Telefonica UK (O2) that will allow the ISP to offer a new range quad-play bundles to their customers, including 2G, 3G and 4G (Mobile Broadband) based mobile tariffs.

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29th January, 2015 - 11:31 am
superfast cornwall

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

The Government’s Minister for Rural Affairs, Dan Rogerson (LibDem), will later today launch a new Growth Deal for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in England that will confirm the Local Authorities existing plan to push “fibre broadband” coverage from the current target of 95% to over 99%.

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28th January, 2015 - 4:20 pm
margaret_hodge_labour_pac

Author: Mark Jackson | 40 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee, which holds some responsibility for examining the Government’s public expenditure, has today hosted a third session in order to examine if any progress has been made on their prior recommendations for the joint state aid supported BT and Broadband Delivery UK rollout of superfast broadband.

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28th January, 2015 - 10:56 am
angry uk internet user

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Ofcom has published its annual Consumer Experience Report, which shows that satisfaction with fixed line broadband ISP and phone service reliability has ever so slightly improved over the past year. But the proportion who were dissatisfied with their service remains at 9% for broadband customers, 6% of mobile users, 4% of landline callers and 4% of TV viewers.

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28th January, 2015 - 9:27 am
united kingdom

Author: Mark Jackson | 22 Comments

The National Audit Office has, in anticipation of today’s Public Accounts Committee event, published a useful report into its views on how effective the joint BT and Broadband Delivery UK scheme has been in terms of its costs, coverage and competition. The report finds that BT’s Phase 1 deployment is running “ahead of schedule” and BDUK predicts total savings of approximately £72m by 2017-18, which could be reinvested.

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28th January, 2015 - 7:43 am
northern_rail

Author: Mark Jackson | 12 Comments

Commuters travelling on Northern Rail’s trains from Leeds and Bradford (England) can now access free on-board wireless Internet (WiFi) connectivity thanks to a new scheme that has been funded by £750,000 from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme. This appears to be the first on-train scheme that BDUK has funded.

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27th January, 2015 - 9:53 am
bt_openreach_staffordshire_engineer

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme is increasingly starting to tackle the historic curse of BTOpenreach’s pure copper Exchange Only Lines (EOL) and the latest example of this comes from several remote rural villages in the English county of Warwickshire.

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